MinnPost is a nonprofit online newspaper in Minneapolis, founded in 2007, with a focus on Minnesota news.
According to its website, "MinnPost.com provides news and analysis Monday through Friday, based on reporting by professional journalists, most of whom have decades of experience in the Twin Cities media. The site features video and audio as well as written stories. It also includes commentary pieces from the community, and comments from readers on individual stories." The site does not endorse candidates for office or publish unsigned editorials representing an institutional position. They encourage broad-ranging, civil discussion from many points of view, subject to the discretion of a moderator.
MinnPost's initial funding of $850,000 came from four families: John and Sage Cowles, Lee Lynch and Terry Saario, Joel and Laurie Kramer, and David and Vicki Cox. The Knight Foundation in Miami, Florida initially donated US$250,000 and in 2008 subsequently granted additional funds to expand local reporting.
Major foundation support has come from the Blandin Foundation, Otto Bremer Foundation, Bush Foundation, Carolyn Foundation, Central Corridor Funders Collaborative, Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Martin and Brown Foundation, Joyce Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, The Minneapolis Foundation, Pohlad Family Foundation, and The Saint Paul Foundation.
In March 2014, MinnPost announced that, thanks to a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, MinnPost and online news site Voice of San Diego "will engage in a two-stage process over the next two-plus years: First, to develop systems and adopt best practices that manage member information and facilitate significant membership growth. And second, to test out and then adopt new products, services and experiences for members that will make thousands more readers want to be members rather than non-paying readers. Each organization will receive $600,000 over the next two years."
Content is "politics, government, science, health, culture" and other subjects including the environment, education and the arts. The non-profit model was estimated to save MinnPost about 15% of a traditional newspaper's outlays. The format takes its shape from online newspapers. At first, MinnPost published a print version of about eight pages at the lunch hour to high traffic locations. The print on demand model and print version was discontinued during the newspaper's first year.
The organization is part of a much-discussed trend away from print toward online media. Quoted by Minnesota Public Radio News, Laurie Schwab, executive director of the Online News Association, said in June 2007, 45 percent of the association's 1,100 members "started working at print publications and migrated online".
The CEO and editor of MinnPost is Joel Kramer, former editor and then publisher of the Star Tribune. On May 1, 2014, Andrew Wallmeyer joined the staff as publisher, reporting to Kramer.
Board of Directors: Jack Dempsey, Chair; Lee Lynch, Chair Emeritis; John Satorius, Secretary; Jennifer Martin, Treasurer; Mark Abeln, Peter Bell, Carla Blumberg, Fran Davis, Fred de Sam Lazaro, Jill Field, Jim Graves, Kathleen Hansen, Vernae Hasbargen, Rachael Jarosh, Kim Kieves, Barbara Klaas, Becky Klevan, Ed Kohler, Joel Kramer, Jane Mauer, Bill McKinney, Max Musicant, Dan Oberdorfer, Kandace Olsen, Jeremy Edes Pierotti, Susan Plimpton, Amy Radermacher, Mark Richardson, Jeff Ross, Gordon Rudd, Rebecca Shavlik, John Tieszen, Stephen Usery. Emeritus: David Cox.
Advisory Council: Terri Barreiro, Wendy Blackshaw, Laura Bloomberg, Scott Burns, Lauren Collins, Jay Cowles, Toby Dayton, Nancy Feldman, Samuel Heins, Sue Herridge, Marlene Kayser, Tom Kayser, Lars Leafblad, Kathy Longo, Glenn Miller, David Moore Jr., Mike Moore, Beth Parkhill, Mary Pickard, David Plimpton, Kim Snyder, Missy Staples Thompson, Kari Swan, Chris Widdess.
News staff include Joel Kramer, Andrew Putz (executive editor), Susan Albright (managing editor), Corey Anderson (web editor), Tom Nehil (news editor), and about 25 journalists. According to Editor & Publisher, opinion pieces are signed and nonpartisan.
MinnPost has a news bureau in Washington, D.C. The Washington correspondent is Sam Brodey.